Fort Mill's chances to go 2-0 came down to the final 11 seconds in the Yellow Jackets' 25-22 loss to Ridge View on Friday night at Blythewood High School.
The game was tied 22-22 when the Blazers started their last possession of the game with 2:13 remaining. Ridge View moved the ball down the field. Larry August was called in and kicked a 19-yard field goal with seven seconds for the win.
"On Ridge View's last drive, we had pass interference called on us that gave then a first down,'' Fort Mill coach Ed Susi. "Then we had them in a third and long and they completed a pass over the middle for another first down.
"We made way too many mistakes to win. We fought back and went ahead. Did some good things but made some mistakes. After they completed the long pass, they ran the ball inside the 10 and ended up kicking the winning field goal.''
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Ridge View got a pair of TD passes by Devin Kennedy and put up 14 third-quarter points. The first came at the 7:46 mark. Fort Mill fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Kennedy hooked up with Tevin Adams for a 19-7 lead.
But the Jackets weren't finished. Raszeja scored twice in the fourth quarter. The first came at 11:42 on a 5-yard run. Ridge View returned the favor and fumbled the ball back to the Yellow Jackets, with Chris Neely falling on the ball at the Blazers' 23.
Fort Mill scored five plays later on a 6-yard run by Reszeja. Susi elected to go for a two-point conversion, and Fort Mill scored on a run called back because of an illegal formation. Even with five yards longer to go, Susi stuck with the plan and the Yellow Jackets went up 22-1 on Preston Fry's pass to Trent Butler.
August tied the game with 4:38 to go on a 36-yard field goal before making the game-winner at the end.
RIDGE VIEW 25, FORT MILL 22
FM -- Nick Raszeja 1 run (Rylan Wells kick)
RV -- Safety
RV -- Nick August 32 field goal
RV -- Devin Kennedy 20 pass to Jammie Portee (August)
RV -- Kennedy 7 pass to Tevin Adams (August kick)
FM -- Raszeja 5 run (Wells kick)
FM -- Raszeja 6 run (Preston Fry pass to Trent Butler)
RV -- August 36 field goal
RV -- August 19 field goal
RUSHING -- Ridge View: Rodrick Williams 10-56, Tevin Adams 3-4, Gary Bradshaw 14-98, Rashaad Goodwin 5-32, Kennedy 4-(-2). Fort Mill: Raszeja 14-60, Asa Kryst 13-61, Fry 5-(-10), Quentari Walker 3-(-5), Tony Godbolt 1-4, David Gresham 1-(-3)
PASSING -- Ridge View: Kennedy 12-26-0-133. Fort Mill: Fry 10-22-0-125.
RECEIVING -- Ridge View: Portee 1-20, Malcolm Graham 1-10, Demario Evans 1-18, Williams 1-3, Gabriel Gregory 1-2, Andre Polite 2-17, Treveaon Howell 1-7, Adams 1-7, Brandon Ruff 3-49. Fort Mill: Butler 1-10, Tyler Klipa 3-36, Walker 2-45, Raszeja 2-13, Kryst 2-21.
Records: Ridge View 1-1, Fort Mill 1-1